October 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement After Trump Announcement Withdrawing from Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Trump announced that he was putting politics above the needs of Nevadans and refusing to continue to negotiate on vital coronavirus relief legislation, while urging Senate Majority Leader McConnell to jam through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court less than a month before the election. It has been nearly 200 days since the President signed coronavirus relief legislation, the CARES Act, into law.

“It has been nearly six months since Mitch McConnell has allowed the Senate to pass legislation to address the needs of this country during this pandemic. I’ve heard from thousands of Nevadans who find themselves lying awake at night, trying to figure out how to pay their rent, feed their kids, and take care of family members at elevated risk from COVID-19. We can’t wait.

“It’s time for this President and Republican Senate to show the leadership our country needs by acting on bipartisan legislation to support state, local, and tribal governments, bolster health systems, provide further stimulus payments, help front line workers, and strengthen the nation’s economy. Instead, the President just telegraphed that his top priority isn’t hardworking Nevada families, it’s working with Senator McConnell to deny the American people a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice and confirm a nominee who will be the deciding vote to rip away protections for preexisting conditions and health coverage for over a million Nevadans, and over 20 million Americans. Nevadans need help, and we need a Senate and President who care enough to act and pass the next economic stimulus package now.